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Serial killer lured by fake social media account gets 160-year sentence

Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 25, was sentenced Wednesday in Newark, New Jersey, for killing three women and trying to kill another five years ago.
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Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 25, listens to his sentence in a courtroom in Newark, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. Wheeler-Weaver, who used dating apps to lure and kill three women five years ago, was sentenced Wednesday to 160 years in prison after a trial in which it was revealed that friends of one victim did their own detective work on social media to ferret out the suspect. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool)

NEWARK, N.J. — A serial killer has been sentenced to 160 years after friends of one victim used fake social media accounts to lure the suspect and turn him in to police.

Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 25, was sentenced Wednesday in Newark, New Jersey, for killing three women and trying to kill another five years ago.

Prosecutors presented evidence at trial that Wheeler-Weaver used dating apps to lure the women and then strangled them.

Prosecutors credited friends of one of the victims, Sarah Butler, with using social media to help police find him.

They gained access to her social media accounts, set up a fake one, lured Wheeler-Weaver to a meeting and notified police.

Wheeler-Weaver denied responsibility in a short statement, telling the judge that he was framed. 

The sentences covered three murders, one attempted murder and other counts including kidnapping, aggravated arson and desecration of human remains.

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